Gay Men Among Majority Infected With HIV

imagesSince the first case of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was detected in Dominica in 1987, till the end of 2012, it had been reported that men were in the majority, testing positive for HIV.

This information was revealed by National Epidemiologist Doctor Paul Ricketts.

Toward the end of 2012 up to 400 persons- 70 percent of those infected had been tested positive for HIV he said.

After the introduction of the antiretroviral therapy in 2004, there was a rapid decline in the number of deaths, but over the years, there has been a slight increase.

Doctor Paul Ricketts noted their success in preventing mother to child transmission of the virus.

He said between 2001 and 2012, although a number of mothers tested positive for the virus, there were no cases of transmission to their off springs.

The doctor noted Dominica is well on its way of reaching a regional goal to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV and expectantly syphilis.

He added they have seen an average of two to four cases of tuberculosis (TB) from 2003 to 2012; however, there has been an increase of between 8 and 10 cases for the years 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012.

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Doctor Paul Ricketts

Although those infected with this disease are in the minority, the effect of a single case of TB is quite significant. There are a lot of resources that would have to be used, to combat the disease, find its source and try to eliminate the source of its infection.

This is an area that needs strengthening, he concluded.

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